Bolton boss Owen Coyle is delighted with the impact of his new signings, who had their first chance to shine against Bury in a solid 2-0 victory last night.
The Bolton manager reserved a special mention for 27-year-old Nigel Reo-Coker, who has joined the club on a free transfer from Aston Villa and came on at half time against the Shakers for his Trotters debut.
"We're delighted to have signed Nigel," said Coyle. "He's got the quality, drive and desire to compete at the highest level in the Barclays Premier League and I'm delighted that we have been able to bring him to the club."
But Coyle has admitted his team had to be 'on top of their]game' to beat Bury, after a tiring tour of North America and gruelling pre-season schedule ahead of the forthcoming campaign.
The Trotters sealed the win against the Npower League One side just a couple of days after flying back from the USA to beat Bradford City 4-1. The weight of fixtures has tested the Bolton squad, but Coyle has warned his side that the intensity of pre-season preparation is about to step up again.
"Bury were extremely lively, and on the occasions they did attack created good opportunities. For that reason we had to be on top of our game," he began.
"We knew they would test our abilities and go for the win, but overall we coped well and it was a pleasing 90 minutes.
"My players worked their socks off tonight. We've only recently come back from our tour of the United States and played Bradford City on Sunday. We then trained on Monday and Tuesday so we've been working hard.
"We'll now continue to step things up with two more games, against Newport and Hereford over the coming week."
Goals at Gigg Lane came from Ivan Klasnic and Gary Cahill, who Coyle is striving to keep at the Reebok Stadium amidst reported interest from both Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur.
The Bolton boss was also pleased with his other new signings, including Chris Eagles and Tyrone Mears, who had their first run out for the club on Wednesday evening, but admitted that the squad needed filling out some more.
“The three lads have come in and integrated well,” he said. “You could see the quality they've got - that's why we've brought them to the club.
“But we must continue to make sure we're ready come August 13 and that will involve trying to add even more new faces.”
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